2011-04-28 / Front Page

County’s Jobless Rate Continues Slight Drop

Fulton’s March ranking at #64
By Jean Snyder

Fulton County followed the national and state trend’s unemployment rate in March as the jobless rate fell slightly by threetenths of a percentage point from February. The gain, however, put the county’s ranking at number 64, up from number 63 in February. Fulton held the 66th ranking for the most part of two years and never dropped below the 65th position during that time. Philadelphia, Pike and Cameron all had higher unemployment rates in March.

Fulton County posted a 9.6 percent unemployment rate for March, down from 9.9 percent in February, according to preliminary figures released by the Department of Labor and Industry this week.

The number employed rose from 6,900 in February to 7,000 in March, and the labor force rose from 7,700 to 7,800. The number of unemployed in Fulton County dropped from 800 in February to 700 in March.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was up 3,000 in March to 6,364,000. Resident employment rose by 20,000 to 5,869,000, while the number of unemployed residents fell 17,000 to 495,000, its lowest level since March 2009. Pennsylvania’s labor force was up 1,000 from its March 2010 level.

Rankings for Fulton’s neighboring counties include Franklin at number 8 (down from number 12 in February), with an unemployment rate of 6.4 percent, down from February’s rate of 6.8. It is tied with Lancaster and Cumberland counties for the number 8 spot.

Bedford’s ranking for March wasnumber59,witha9percent rate. It is down slightly from February’s rate of 9.2 percent, but then with a number 57 ranking. It is tied with Monroe County for the number 59 spot.

Huntingdon County was ranked number 63 in March with a 9.4 percent unemployment rate. The county posted a 9.6 percent rate in February, but was ranked number 61.

Bradford and Centre counties were ranked numbers 1 and 2, respectively, with jobless rates of 5.1 and 5.3 percent in March.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were down 1,700 in March to 5,670,100. Seven of the 11 supersectors added jobs in March, but declines in the rest outweighed the gains. The largest increase was in trade, transportation and utilities, which was up 3,000 to 1,087,900, while the largest decrease was in professional and business services, down 4,200. Mining and logging increased for the 22nd consecutive month, up 700 in March to 30,700, the highest level since 1990.

Pennsylvania’s job count was up 76,500 (1.4 percent) from March 2010; nationally, nonfarm jobs were up 1.3 million (1.0 percent) from last March.

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